Ball has proven to be a polarising player on the Lakers roster ever since h was drafted in 2017.
He impressed in glimpses during his rookie season with his playmaking skills a major highlight, but it was his unique shooting style which often attracted the most attention.
His start to the new season was hampered by the fact he was practically playing catch-up to his team-mates having missed pre-season due to undergoing knee surgery in the summer.
But with Rajon Rondo out of the line-up, Ball has been handed more minutes and played an integral role in the Lakers' recent success.
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He finished with 15 points on seven-of-11 shooting in the win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and has finished with 10 rebounds in his last two games against the Utah Jazz and the Orlando Magic.
His team-mates and coaches have called on him to be more aggressive on the offensive end.
James said last week that Ball 'doesn't realise how great he is' and praised the 21-year-old for his approach to the game.
And Ball admits he was taken aback hearing such high praise from his childhood hero, before insisting he wants to live up to the expectation.
'It boosts me up a lot,' Ball said on the Lakers Talk podcast
'LeBron has been my role model my whole life.
'To hear a guy like him speak that highly of me, it means a lot to me.
'I don't want to let anybody down and I don't want to let myself down.
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'I know what I can do on the basketball court, I've been playing my whole life.
'I just want to be great. They pretty much push me every day.'
The Lakers return to action tonight in a tough match-up against the Denve Nuggets away from home.
They played each other earlier this season in Los Angeles, with the Lakers coming out on top, but the Nuggets have won eight of 11 games at home.